FIFA‘s Ethics Committee on Wednesday (November 9) called for Rafael Callejas to be banned from soccer for life, alleging the former president of the Honduran Football Association breached the scandal-hit soccer governing body’s code of conduct.
The committee said Callejas contravened rules on bribery and corruption, and four other rules, following an investigation into allegedly illegal payments he received from sports marketing companies.
After leading Honduras between 1990 and 1994, he became President of the Honduran Football Association in 2002 and also served on FIFA’s Marketing and Television Committee. His reign at the Honduran FA came to an end in 2015 when he was accused by the United States Department of Justice on fraud and racketeering charges related to the sale of broadcasting rights for the 2014, 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Until a formal decision is taken by the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, Callejas is presumed innocent, the body said. No date for a decision was given.